Very Good / Very Good. Item #8743
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1971. First Edition. Octavo (21cm.); publisher's cloth in blue pictorial dust jacket; 222pp. Light wear and shallow creasing along jacket extremities, spine slightly cocked, faint soiling to top textblock edge with a couple light waterspots to bottom, else Very Good and sound.
Posthumously-published novel that gained the (white) author the Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1972. Set on a fictitious and exclusive island in the Caribbean, the novel follows an Afro-Caribbean police chief in his hunt for Maublee, the island's one small-time crook, falsely accused for the death of a white tourist. The work was adapted in 1989 into the film The Mighty Quinn starring Denzel Washington.